Create your own family in The Sims 3 and micro-manage everything from their daily tasks, clothes they wear, house they live in to parties, careers and marriage. Anything can happen to your family and everything will. Design each characters look, personality and age in a life simulation and social simulation.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Sims 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Origin version of The Sims 3. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17.3 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.8
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8 is installed and you can close this window
Go to: https://www.dm.origin.com/download/legacy
Navigate to your desktop
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: sims3
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows XP
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1920x1080
Note: Set the resolution to match your Linux Desktop
Installing Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following packages:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Installing Origin Client
Navigate to your Desktop
Click Next Again
Uncheck all options:
Check "I have read and accept..."
At this point the client will try to launch, but nothing will happen...
Origin will lock-down the Origin folder and is waiting
We can fix that, just leave Wine where its at for now
Origin Directory Permissions
Go to the Origin Directory
Path: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Origin/Drive_C/Program Files/
Click Folder Access Dropdown under "Owner"
Select "Create and delete files"
Click the File Access Dropdown under "Owner"
Select "Read and Write"
Click "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Files"
Open the Origin directory
Delete these files:
Origin Login will now appear in Wine
Login to Origin
Check "Remember Me"
Click Application Settings
Click "Origin In Game"
Uncheck "Enable Origin In Game"
Installing/Downloading The Sims 3
Click My Games
Select The Sims 3
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Check "I have read an accept..."
Sims 3 downloading...
When The Sims 3 is finished downloading, Origin may crash
Click Exit Origin
The Sims 3 Shortcut
Name the shortcut: Sims 3
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Wine version: 1.8
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down arrow to select other versions of Wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
Launch The Sims 3
Once in game
Click the settings button
Click the Checkmark to apply
- Screen Size
- Screen Refresh Rate
- Enable Object Hiding
- Reflection Quality
- Edge Smoothing
- Visual Effects
- Lighting and Shadows
- Tree Detail
- Animation Smoothing
- Advanced Rendering
- Draw Distance
- High Detail Lots
- Texture Detail
- Sim Detail
The Sims 3 runs almost flawlessly on my GeForce 550 Ti. I've experienced a random crash, but its very rare. Loading and saving is fairly slow, so be patient. I was able to create several family, navigate in the world, save game, load games, adjust video settings and use the keyboard/mouse without issues.